The SCHOLAR Forum is a not-for-profit partnership between Heriot-Watt University and The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES). The partnership was established in 2000 to provide high quality interactive online materials for Scottish schools, enhance classroom practice and manage a national CPD programme in e-learning and educational technology for teachers.
More than 30 online highly interactive SQA courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels are available in a range of STEM, business and language subjects including Mathematics and English
Since its inception, SCHOLAR allows Scottish students a unique opportunity to study anytime and anywhere and supports learners and teachers to fulfil the aims of Curriculum for Excellence.
All 32 Local Authorities, 32 independent schools and 5 Regional colleges in Scotland subscribe to SCHOLAR. It currently registers over 130,000 students and 10,000 teachers making it one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes for schools.
Contact » Professor Phillip John, Executive Chair, SCHOLAR Forum
Website » http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/
We develop, deliver and maintain innovative IT solutions that enhance how people learn, teach, govern, deliver healthcare and do business. We firmly believe that one size does not fit all and we will tailor make a solution to suit your individual needs.
Website » http://www.xma.co.uk/
With Google Expeditions, students can take field trips right from their classroom. Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.
When technology works, it is invisible, unlocking more of your valuable time and energy to focus on the teaching and learning issues that matter most.
Put simply, we exist to support the key educational priorities and challenges faced by UK schools via a range of technology solutions designed to specifically solve these problems. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years, by working closely with schools to really get to the root of the problem and understand how we can help.
Our mission is to make technology work for your teaching and learning needs. It’s what drives everything we do.
Website » http://www.rm.com/
VEX Robotics is the leading platform for educational robotics around the world. With the tool-less, plastic VEX IQ platform for Key Stages 2 & 3 and the metal VEX EDR kits for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 it is perfectly placed to allow students to grow and develop in an open-ended, problem-solving and engaging way. The free programming software, ranging from Modkit, our simple drag and drop format through to the more advanced Robot C, based on C++ language makes VEX accessible to all. The free curriculum across Design & Technology, Engineering and Computer Science means the kits can be used in the classroom and as part of the extra-curricular VEX Robotics Competition. This is the largest and fastest growing robotics competition in the world with events held each year across the UK. Involvement in the competition develops key skills in competitors including teamwork, time management, perseverance – all of which are valued by employers.
Website » http://www.vexrobotics.com/
SEEMiS Group is an Education Management Information System (MIS) provider. As the standard MIS within Scottish Education, all local student data is processed and managed by SEEMiS software offering interfaces with external agencies such as ScotXEd and SQA.
At the heart of our product set is SEEMiS Click+Go which offers a wide range of modules to support Pupil and Staff record management including Nursery Application Management System (NAMS), Attendance, Pastoral notes, Tracking Monitoring and Reporting.
By working closely with its members and the strategic bodies responsible for the education direction in Scotland, SEEMiS looks to continually improve its product set and support local authorities and their associated schools deliver their statutory and discretionary responsibilities.
Website » https://www.seemis.gov.scot/site3/
The Improvement Service
The Improvement Service is the national improvement service for local government in Scotland. Our purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.
We do this by providing a range of products and providing advisory services including consultation and facilitation, learning and skills, performance management and improvement, and research.
Website » http://www.improvementservice.org.uk/
Education is undergoing a technology revolution. New devices and new tools are being added to the classroom every day. The IT department is responsible for keeping all this technology managed, safe, and working. That is where we come in. Lightspeed Systems education-focused solutions are used in more than 30,000 schools, colleges and local authorities around the world.
Mobile Manager is our MDM tool that allows schools to push out apps and control device features.
Web Filter lets schools customise policies down to a user level and get detailed reports of online behaviour.
Classroom Orchestrator is a classroom management tool that lets teachers view students’ screens discovering who’s on task, or who needs help.
Our Management Bundles for Windows, Chrome and multi-platform support provide a complete, cloud-based solution that gives teachers and admins control over devices and the ability to share resources.
Website » http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/en-uk/
iTeach is the leading IT Support company for schools’ in Wales. We support a large number of primary and secondary schools with a range of support options and custom SLA packages.
Our services include consultancy and procurement advice, installation services (Windows, Google & Apple) and full School ICT SLA’s.
Our team understand that every school is unique and our customers’ IT requirements range from a managing a handful of devices right through to deploying large 1:1 projects. iTeach have the experience and expertise to tailor our service around your school’s individual needs.
If your school is in need of support we would love to help!
Website » http://www.i-teach.org.uk/
School Cloud Systems
School Cloud Systems is a multi-award winning software company providing the Room Booking System and Parents Evening System to over 2,500 schools worldwide.
The Parents Evening System is the market leading online appointment booking software allow parents to book online to see their child's teachers at the parents' evening. It's loved by parents and trusted by schools worldwide to manage millions of appointments.
They also provide the market leading Room Booking System to manage the booking of rooms & resources during the school day and invoice hirers for lettings after the school day.
Website » http://www.schoolcloudsystems.co.uk/
Scanning Pens Ltd
Scanning Pens Ltd provide reading aids for those with Special Educational Needs / SpLD as well as those wishing to improve their literacy.
The C-Pen Reader Pen is a stand-alone digital pen that works in English & Spanish. The device has four main features: text reading using a high quality natural speaking voice, a Collins English dictionary, an English to Spanish/ Spanish to English Oxford dictionary and capturing text remotely to file or directly to a cursor point on any computer. Simply select your application, scan, and enjoy the benefits!
The C-Pen Exam Reader has been approved for use in exams by many leading exam boards, including the SQA and JCQ. The Exam Reader allows students with reading difficulties to scan the exam questions themselves so that they can hear the text being read aloud. The sound is heard via headphones, allowing them to be situated in the main exam hall. Full access arrangements available on the website.
Website » http://www.scanningpens.co.uk/
At Texthelp, we believe that literacy is every student’s passport to academic, social and professional success. Yet many students struggle to achieve their potential, throughout their educational life and need extra support. Perhaps their first language isn’t English or they have dyslexia or other special education needs. Other children simply struggle to engage with everyday reading, writing and comprehension tasks.
Our user-friendly literacy and learning technologies are used across the globe to support teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. Our software engages and supports learners through a range of reading, writing, math and research features. They can be used at each step of the educational journey to raise attainment levels; and support children when they are learning to read, working in the classroom or studying at home. Our solutions can also be used in exams and assessments and whilst preparing for further or higher education.
Website » https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/
Historic Environment Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland is the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. We are at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment. We care for more than 300 properties of national importance and are Scotland’s largest operator of paid tourist attractions. We look after internationally significant collections; regulate designation of historic environment assets and consents relating to scheduled monuments. We deliver interactive online services to global users. We provide training and advice and promote engagement and participation through learning, skills and outreach programmes. We are at the forefront of digital innovation in heritage from 3d scanning of sites and artefacts to creation of interactive learning resources.
Website » https://www.historicenvironment.scot/
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